First Generation 2015

For more than 50 years, the federal government has supported a set of college access and support service programs known as TRIO to address social, academic, and cultural barriers to college opportunity facing low‑income students and their families. Although these initiatives began as anti‑poverty programs in 1980, Congress later added first‑generation college status as an eligibility criterion for the programs to reflect the challenges facing students from families with no college experience.

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